DARTMOUTH, MA – Junior Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT), senior Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) and rookie Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) combined to score 14-of-15 goals for Western Connecticut State University as they upended host UMass-Dartmouth, 15-13, in a Little East Conference matchup on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Colonials improved to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while the Corsairs dropped to 7-6 and 1-2.
"We played with composure and together as a team. We had a number of season ending injuries within the last week and most teams – especially with low numbers – will cripple down and allow that to define them. We didn't and we don't plan to. Everyone stepped up in this game. Playing with no subs is challenging enough, but playing well with no subs is superb," said WestConn head coach Jennifer Thomas following the hard fought win.
The hosts vaulted out to an early 2-0 lead. The Colonials responded with a three-goal run of their own finished off with a Carey scoring strike off a free position shot. The Corsairs countered with a pair of goals from Catrina Longo to regain a 4-3 advantage.
However, WestConn retaliated with the largest run of the game – a five-goal spurt to pull ahead 8-4 midway through the opening half. Baldelli spearheaded the charge with the second of her four goals on the night before she rounded out the push to earn the hat trick off a feed from sophomore midfielder Lauren Bradshaw (Bethel, CT).
UMass-Dartmouth would chip away at the lead, carving it down to a 10-8 Colonials lead at the break. The hosts slashed the advantage to just one goal (11-10) when Raquel Riley found the back of the net less than four minutes into the second stanza.
However, Kosilla – who finished with a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists – tickled the twine and Baldelli hit the net moments later, widening the margin to 13-10. The Corsairs continued to battle, reducing the advantage to just one goal yet again when Kathryn Gibb tallied to make it 13-12.
The teams then exchanged goals before Kosilla rounded out the scoring at 15-13 with 4:50 remaining off a pass from Baldelli. Carey would finish the contest with five goals and a game-high six groundballs, while Baldelli recorded four and an assist.
WestConn senior netminder Missy O'Donnell (Bridgeport, CT) improved to 5-7 overall and stopped 11 Corsair shots, while Kaitlyn Burchill fell to 7-6 and notched 13 saves.
The Colonials return to action at non-league foe Connecticut College in a game that was originally scheduled for earlier in the season. They square up on Thursday at 7 p.m.